Learning a Hard Lesson

Mom turns in son for stealing turtle

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    by Bruce Felps

    Most parents today, it seems, go to great lengths to protect their precious little offspring even when said offspring are in the wrong.

    Not so with one mom in Corpus Christi.

    According to an Associated Press article, the unidentified mom narc’d out her 12-year-old son after the boy and a few of his henchmen stole a turtle from a neighbor’s yard.

    The neighbor saw two of the boys in his yard, approached the lads, and watched as the kids ran off. The Associated Press reported that when the neighbor “looked around the yard, he saw one of his two African spurred tortoises was missing.” Of course you can’t see something that’s missing, but that’s another story.

    This was no ordinary turtle, mind you. The African spurred tortoise carries a price tag of $1,500. OK, not literally “carries.”

    With that kind of value placed on a stolen item, allegedly stolen item, the boys face a state felony charge.

    Maybe this mom just created a new version of “Scared Straight,” and good for her. That boy probably won’t be stealing any more turtles any time soon.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He just learned the difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin. Turns out, not much.

    The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.